Using Essential Oils
By: Corri Vara, Owner of International Day Spa
There are many ways to use essential oils for health and cleanliness. Essential oils are extracted from plant material using steam or water distillation. Selected plant materials are heated with steam, water or both until the essential oil vaporizes. The oil then condenses as it cools.
All volatile aromatic plant oils are concentrated plant oils. They should be used sparingly: only a few drops at a time and always diluted in some other medium, such as plain massage oil (cold pressed vegetable oil) or unscented base cream (but not a mineral oil cream such as most brands of sorbolene or baby oil). Aromatic plant oils do not dissolve in water unless mixed with a dispersant first.
Some of the ways in which essential oils can be used include:
Massage: 4-6 drops added to 20ml (a tablespoon) of vegetable-based oil.
Oil burner: 6 drops added to water and vaporized in a burner. Never leave a candle oil burner unattended, as it is a fire risk. Electric vaporizers are available and are safer to use when asleep or near children.
Bath: 4-6 drops added to a vegetable-based oil in a full bath.
Inhalation: 2-3 drops added to a basin of hot water.
A few of the popular essential oils and their uses for the following symptoms include:
Peppermint: Digestive disorders
Rosemary: Muscular pains, mental stimulant
Sweet orange: Depression and anxiety
Tea tree: Respiratory problems, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral
Lavender: Headaches, insomnia, burns, aches and pains
Using Essential Oils for Household Cleaning
Extracted from plants, some essential oils can kill bacteria and mold. They're very strong, so don't go overboard: One drop of peppermint oil is as potent as 30 cups of peppermint tea.
Use Essential Oil to Clean Your . . .
Combs and brushes: Fill a container with 11/2 cups water, 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar and 20 drops tea-tree, lavender or eucalyptus oil. Soak combs and brushes for 20 minutes. Rinse and air-dry.
Scuffed floors: Apply two to four drops of tea-tree oil to the spots. Wipe excess oil with a cloth and rub in distilled white vinegar.
Gum-encrusted items: Orange oil is great at removing this sticky offender from various materials. (Don't worry: It shouldn't stain fabrics. But do launder immediately.) Apply with a cotton ball.
Shower doors: Wipe scum-covered glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup.
Toilets: Add 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water to a spray bottle. Shake, then spritz along the toilet's inside rim. Let sit for 30 minutes and scrub. You can also place a few drops of your favorite oil on the inside of the toilet-paper tube. Every time the paper is used, the scent will be released.
Windows: Mix 2 ounces water and 10 drops lavender or lemongrass oil to wipe grime off windows. Bonus: These oils may repel flies.
Aromatherapy at home
International Day Spa carries the highest quality products for you to enjoy aromatherapy at home. Visit our Spatique to discover Aromatherapy Neck Wraps, Hydra Shower Bursts, Pulse Point Balms, Essential Oils and more.
Favorite Aromatherapy Spa Treatments:
Select a special essential oil that is suited to your mood. Your therapist will create a custom blend and send you home with the remaining oils from your service.
60 min - $94, 90 min - $124
Honey Lavender Package
Indulge in a one hour lavender massage followed by a honey lavender full body scrub and Vichy shower rinse. You will feel silky and pampered with this Spring inspired treatment!
90 min. - $130
NEW & Perfect for Father's Day - Eucalyptus Peppermint Package
Smooth away dead skin cells and relieve sore muscles with our Eucalyptus & Peppermint body treatment. Your healing begins with a 30-minute Eucalyptus & Peppermint body exfoliation followed by a one hour deep tissue massage. Your stress will flee & sore muscles surrender with this powerful healing treatment!
90 min. - $150